Jenny Mackay

Jenny is the programme manager of the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research at University of Cambridge. She was previously the coordinator of the CAPREx (Cambridge-Africa Partnerships for Research Excellence) project as well as the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund. Both of these initiatives are part of a broad strategic programme by the University orientated towards strengthening tertiary education and research in Africa.

Previously, Jenny managed the high-profile Sutton Trust Summer Schools for Year 12 students in Cambridge for the Cambridge Admissions Office. She is therefore experienced in managing fast-paced and academically rigorous residential events for young people from a variety of backgrounds.

She has been a trustee of two educational charities in the past (‘Excellence East’ and ‘University of St Andrews Students Association’) and is a long-standing volunteer for the National Youth Advocacy Service in the UK. Jenny’s link to the Africa began in 2004 when she founded a student charity group working on development projects in East Africa. Following this she undertook academic fieldwork in Rakai District, Uganda, as part of her MA (Hons) degree in Geography and Social Anthropology.

Jenny is passionate that talented young people from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to a high quality education and their academic ambitions are nurtured.

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